Japanese Woman Uses Calculator At Dizzying Speeds

Submitted by: squrlz4ever 2 months ago in Weird


Asuka Kamimura is the Usain Bolt of office calculations. None of this footage is sped up, believe it or not.
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Female 8,169
A lot of practice. When I was a child we had Aunt Dorothy- she must have been born around 1895 ish. Elderly, she lived in a rather mean bedsit and was very involved with the Cathedral. I suspect she had Parkinsons as she shook a little, was quite meek- but she had been a shorthand typist for most, if not all, of her working life. I never appreciated exactly how amazing this was- but she could accurately take shorthand of multiple speakers in a meeting no matter how fast- and when typing on an old typewriter her hands moved so fast they blurred. She couldn't use a golfball one as it disintegrated - but with modern computing her skills have vanished ( armies of women like her kept business rolling) and no one at the time thought her worthy of much except an old age on a meagre pension with bad food and a single bar of an electric fire. 
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Male 5,413
madduck That's a great story, Maddie. I'd wager there's a good portion of younger IAB'ers who have no idea what shorthand is. It's an amazing skill. If I remember correctly, it's how Charles Dickens started out: he'd transcribe Parliamentary debates for a newspaper.

Here's a page of shorthand (below) for the young whippersnappers out there who've never heard of it. People could record conversations with this as fast as people could speak--even with multiple speakers talking, as Maddie says.

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could they stop mastering the perfection of everything in asia. for the lover of god, take your time with the calculator and focus thos awsome skills on something you can do on tv for money.

shes a human computer.
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Male 2
Ok, she is fast. But this is one even faster https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgIICQvhqMc
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Male 5,413
waskita How he do dat?
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Male 3,703
Not that amazing, really.

Just like a a keyboard, there is a home row, top row, and bottom row. It quite literally is typing, but with numbers. We don't marvel over fast typists. But, it does take a lot of practice to get good. Just like everything else in this world.
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Male 1,553
DuckBoy87 when I was a kid this is what checkout clerks had to do at all the stores.  Imagine all those groceries each punched in individually.

There were literally millions of people with some awesome keypad skillz (but not many like this girl has)
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Male 3,703
woodyville06 Yeah, I worked at Dollar General for some time, and if the scanners didn't work for returns, we'd have to punch in numbers manually. I would be able to type the 30 digit code in about 5 seconds flawlessly without looking at the keypad. Anyone I'd ever train, and most customers would look at me and just say "wow".
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Male 5,413
This young woman exhibits a couple endearing Japanese behaviors in this video. First, when her total for the sales estimates matches the previous total (¥901,720), she lets out a little "Hai!" And later, when she accepts the paper from her boss, there's that small, momentary bow of respect.
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Male 3,759
squrlz4ever Want to get the skillz to pay the billz with a NumPad?  Try this out (use Chrome if you don't like installing Flash)

http://www.eyezmaze.com/tontie/v1/

I also highly recommend his Grow series, they are fun and wonderful mind puzzles.
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Male 5,413
kalron27 That's fun! If it's okay with you, I think I'm going to rename it "Whack a Space Gopher!"
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Male 3,759
squrlz4ever I'm OK with it...but you better ask thezigrat too though ;)
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Male 5,413
kalron27 thezigrat Zig, is it okay with you if I call Kalron's game "Whack a Space Gopher"? No offense to alien life forms, other than space gophers, is intended.
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Male 73
And after she died because she worked 160 hours of overtime...
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Male 5,413
hafa84 Oh my. I totally forgot about that recent news item from Japan when I submitted this. I hope Ms. Kamimura avoids that fate. O.O
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Male 73
squrlz4ever https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/05/japanese-woman-dies-overwork-159-hours-overtime
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Male 5,413
hafa84 Horrible, horrible story. And I see you read The Guardian, one of my favorite newspapers. Cheers!
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Male 73
squrlz4ever Maybe is because of remarks like that this site go from hundreds comments to 2 or 3 comments, on each post...
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Male 5,413
hafa84 Huh? Have I offended you somehow? What'd I say?

Are you misunderstanding my words "Horrible, horrible story"? By that I mean what happened to the Japanese woman was horrible.

Help me out here. Your last comment has me confused.
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Male 1,553
squrlz4ever I think there was a language based misunderstanding.  I did not see any offense in your response.
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Male 5,413
woodyville06 Thanks, Woody. I appreciate it. I think this is a good example of the perils of language barriers. Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, please take note.
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Male 73
squrlz4ever your comment was sarcastic!! we all have different opinions!!! And no need for the Gardian remark, and for the cheers at the end!!! Im european, but im not british...
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Male 3,759
hafa84 I'm American but I respond to cheers anytime someone puts it out there.  You need to chill out and respect our friendly furry buddy yo.
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Male 5,413
hafa84 Ay yi yi. My comment was not sarcastic. As I've stated on IAB before, The Guardian is one of my favorite newspapers. I read The Guardian every day and had read the story prior to your linking to it.

As for "Cheers!", that is simply like a high-five, a raising of an imaginary glass to someone who's done or said something of which you approve. It is not an insult.

You've taken my comment the wrong way, Hugo. If you were a native English speaker, I'd think you were trolling me. Since you're not, I think this is a genuine misunderstanding.

My comment to you meant only good things.
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549
hafa84 dude, squrlz actually reads the guardian and is probably the most polite, well mannered individual on IAB. ....

You've completely misunderstood him. He was being genuine. Seriously..
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Male 5,413
layla_wilson Thanks for the nod, Layla. And kalron27 too.
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Male 3,759
layla_wilson 

"dude, squrlz actually reads the guardian and is probably the most polite, well mannered Rodentia on IAB. ...."

Fixed it for you ;)
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Male 73
layla_wilson a couple of months ago i made a comment and he said i was trolling!! thats why im saying this.... and yes squrlz4ever im not a native english speaker, i dont want to make problems or internet arguments... 
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Male 5,413
hafa84 Well, I can't recall an earlier interaction nor find it in the Comments tab on your profile, but I'm sorry if I rubbed you in the wrong way in the past. Like you, I much prefer to get along with my fellow IAB creatures whenever possible.

(I find two or three IAB'ers uniquely difficult and occasionally fail with them, but seeing as I interact with about 300 people on here, I figure that's a 99% success rate. So I think I'm doing okay.)
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549
How so fast? The sad reality is she probably does that 12+ hours a day 6+ days a week
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Whoa, thats pretty nuts. Mine never went higher than 80085.
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